STANISLAUS COUNTY - A Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in a shooting Friday night.
The sheriff's office says the incident happened just north of the city of Newman near Hwy. 33 and W Stuhr Rd.
According to Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Veronica Esquivez, it all began at around 5:45 p.m. when the sheriff's office got word of a carjacking near the city of Grayson, which is just west of Modesto. About 10 minutes later, deputies located the stolen vehicle -- a pickup truck -- and pursued it. The truck hit another vehicle and eventually stopped when it reached an orchard just outside of town.
The suspect then got out of the stolen truck and ran, allegedly shooting at deputies, Esquivez said. At least one of the patrol vehicles was hit with gunfire. One of the deputies returned fire, hitting the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries. No further information has been released about the suspect.
No deputies were injured in the shooting. The CHP assisted in the pursuit but didn't fire any shots.
Police closed Hwy. 33 at the intersections of Anderson, Lundy, and Stuhr roads as a result of the shooting investigation, according to Caltrans. Investigators are expected to be at the scene until around 1:30-3:30 a.m.
The scene of the shooting is about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento.
The suspect was later identified as Jason Benson Dingler.
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